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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.
mikfla4

newbie in northern minnesota

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Hello all. I have been reading for a couple weeks, and would like to say that all have good ideas. I have been doing static displays since 1998 and now I want to go computerized. There seems to be alot of good info here, so I hope you dont mind more questions to be asked if I can't find in the archives.

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Welcome to PC... Glad you found us and welcome to the madness we call decorating! Feel free to ask a question about anything. Someone, somewhere will answer it!

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Welcome to PC! It' great to have another Minnesotan jump in. It sounds like your display is quite a hit up there (I'm in the Twin Cities) and it is great that you want to make it even better. Ask a lot of questions and you'll get a lot of help.

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Welcome. Get the popcorn and drink, sit back and have fun. There is so much on here that I've started making a book on what I want to remember and use in my display.

These forms are GREAT!!!:)

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Wow! You bump an older thread and the new guys are falling from the rafters! :giggle:

Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! DougP and animator - as a computer programmer who already has some channels and an electrician who does animated figures, you'll fit right in and probably be able to "give back" from the git go. Ask lots of questions to increase your knowledge and help solve your problems. There is a wealth of knowledge here so be sure that you tap into it. (Not my knowledge, I have no wealth of knowledge.)

If you haven't read it yet, please check out this thread http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php?t=39758 as I think you will find it useful.

animator - do you have any videos of your stuff? Your album seemed to be all still shots. I'd love to see them in action. If you build anything new, consider posting a "how to" since I think animation is not well represented here yet. I have often thought about having an Elf who throws a giant switch to turn on the lights. Have you ever done anything like that?

Again, Welcome!

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Hi Mike ,

I have filmed the 2 large animatronics talking to each other I have to get someone to put it on video so iI can post it on here they are cool the reindeer talks to frosty and they go back and forth. Its funny about the elf Idea last year I made one for my old donation box he sat on top and when you put something in the box he would wave and Thank you for your donation. Right now he is being refit to push a giant plug into a giant wall outlet, I will post some pictures as he s comming along, Thanks Again

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